Human Rights and the Body: Hidden in Plain Sight by Annabelle Mooney

By Annabelle Mooney

'Human Rights and the physique' is a reaction to the trouble in human rights, to the very genuine obstacle that and not using a safe beginning for the concept that of human rights, their very lifestyles is threatened. whereas there was attention of the discourses of human rights and how during which the physique is written upon, examine in linguistics has now not but been absolutely dropped at endure on both human rights or the physique. Drawing on felony techniques and elements of the legislations of human rights, Mooney goals to supply a universally defensible set of human rights and a origin, or quite a body, for them. She argues that the right kind frames for human rights are to begin with the human physique, obvious as an index reliant at the flora and fauna, secondly the globe and eventually, language. those 3 frames generate rights to meals, water, sleep and guard, environmental security and a correct opposed to dehumanization.This publication is vital studying for researchers and graduate scholars within the fields of human rights and semiotics of legislation.

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It is not always possible to escape metaphors, and of itself, construing the nation as a body is not problematic. But in relation to human rights, the body and personhood of the nation displace the body and personhood of individuals. 110 The displacement of the individual body by the national body can also be seen in the process through which the nation is formed; the social contract. Moreover, because of the central place of the contract in the formation of the state, the political community is understood in terms of rights and duties with the individual as a contracting party.

Whether the Western origin of human rights is problematic and what it means to claim they emanate from the ‘West’ are different issues. 122 Even if this is a case of imperialism, to call it ‘Western culture’ suggests that the values endorsed are uncontested in the West. 123 That is, these values may be more properly connected to a political ideology and to power rather than what would normally be associated with the concept of ‘culture’. Donnelly writes: 119 Sen (n 8) 341. 120 Brown (n 1) 42. 121 Goodhart (n 33) 943.

Human rights are requirements whose object is to protect urgent individual interests against certain predictable dangers (“standard threats”) to which they are vulnerable under typical circumstances of life in a modern world order composed of states’. 2. ‘Human rights apply in the first instance to the political institutions of states, including their constitutions, laws, and public policies’. 3. 95 As a result of this descriptive synthesis, the idea of human rights is necessarily both expansive and inclusive.

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